Spencer: LEGISLATURE IS NOT OUR GOD UPON EARTH!
human laws are of any validity if contrary to the law of nature: and
such of them as are valid derive all their force and all their authority
mediately or immediately from this original.' Thus writes Blackstone,
to whom let all honor be given for having so far out seen the ideas of
his time--and, indeed, we may say of our time. Let men learn that a
LEGISLATURE IS NOT OUR GOD UPON EARTH!"
--Herbert Spencer, The Right to Ignore the State
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